The Gaul. An old favourite and rightly so. This place does by far and away the best pepper sauce to ever grace a hunk of dead flesh. The guy ruling the stove is an old surly bloke, who always appears to be in a cow of a mood and regularly abuses his staff in the foulest French a non-native has ever spoken. There is a tendency of a lot of French restaurants to adopt the typical Gaul service style, i.e. rude, unhelpful and generally not the sort of people you want to sit down and have a pint with. This is annoying in France, but even worse here as you always get the feeling that if the waiter was in any other restaurant, he would be formal and polite as expected. At the Gaul however, the guy behind the counter really does appear to be a grumpy old git; he can probably get away with it because the food is so good.
The food: Fantastic. The steak is great, it is better than great, it is a force surhumaine that goes well beyond la potin magique. The menu consists of two options, an A course for 1,500 yen and a B course for 2,000 yen. Both courses have 3 or so options as a starter, 3 options as a main and a desert plate that contains more calories than a grown man needs for a week. I have visited a number of times, and almost always have the steak, but the lamb there is also very good. 37 points.
The price: For what you get, a bargain. 8 points.
The volume: Only 1 point lost for its ability to induce sleep about half an hour after eating. 14 points.
The extras: A coffee and Tokyo’s best lunch desert place. 14 points.
Bonus. Full bonus points because I always leave this place happy. This is a place to look forward to, a Friday lunch to celebrate the end of the week, the sort of lunch that if you had more than once a week (or year perhaps) you would keel over with a heart attack. 20 points.
The details: 6-3-16 Akasaka, Minato-ku
Phone 03 5561 0980